Claremore Daily Progress

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January 1, 2014

‘Magnificent 7’

Claremore’s Basks finalist for NewsOn6 Award

CLAREMORE — To most people, he’s known simply as Dustin Basks.

To his brothers and family members, he’s ‘Superman’.

And, to his Claremore Zebra teammates and coaches, he’s their ‘Playmaker’.

No matter what, though, he represents one of the top 12 football athletes in the Green Country area, according to NewsOn6 and Bob Hurley Ford.

A week ago, Basks joined 12 other finalists for the Bob Hurley Ford/NewsOn6 Football Banquet in Tulsa.

It was there that Basks, his mother Bridgett Cox, his uncle Ballie Basks and Claremore head football coach Rob Gilbreath saw how important that Basks is to the Zebra football program.

Throughout the season, Gilbreath referred in numerous interviews that (Dustin) Basks was the MVP of this team.

At the end-of-the-year Zebra football banquet, Basks received the ‘Team MVP’ award voted on by his teammates and coaches.

“Dustin’s one of those players that allows us to use him in a variety of ways,” Gilbreath said after Basks’ 3-touchdown performance against Coweta.

It was on that night — in Claremore’s 31-24 win over Coweta — that Basks garnered the attention of Bob Hurley Ford and NewsOn6.

The 5-foot-8, 155-pound two-way starter accounted for three touchdowns and recovered a game-turning fumble.

* Basks caught a 24-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Brinley Brown.

* Basks raced 34 yards untouched for a touchdown in the Zebras’ ‘Wildcat’ package.

* Basks electrified the crowd with a 94-yard kickoff return for a touchdown that opened the third quarter.

All three touchdowns showcased the talent and importance that Basks brings to the Zebra football team as they transition into Class 6A Division II in 2014.

Basks capped off his junior year with impressive statistics — 19 carries, 160 yards, 2 TDs; 44 catches, 861 yards, 9 TDs; 3 interceptions and 4 fumble recoveries; 2 blocked field goals; 13 kickoff returns for 474 yards and 7 punt returns for 257 yards.

Simply put, Basks’s football skills and savvy play-making moves are ‘magnificent’.

“I’m glad ‘No. 7’ is on our team,” Gilbreath said earlier this year.

And, so is the rest of Claremore.

 

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